Researchers sharing results of discussions at Humidtropics Central Mekong Action Area 2016 planning meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, November 2015. Photo by Lisa Hiwasaki/ICRAF

Lessons from an integrated systems research program in Central Mekong

A new book offers insights and recommendations to support researchers targeting smallholder farmers with integrated agricultural systems innovations. Innovations for agricultural intensification—for instance adding fruit trees to farms and intercropping—can sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ production. But for greater...

Engaging marginalized groups in the Greater Mekong region through action research

A new publication offers researchers guidelines on how best to engage with marginalized, ethnic-minority farming communities in the Greater Mekong region, so that research innovations reach and benefit their lives and livelihoods. Titled “Guidelines to engage with marginalized...

Huge potential for non-timber forest products in Viet Nam

Products from forests in Viet Nam aren’t well developed. Nor has their potential to help fight climate change been fully realized. Now researchers and government are working together to change this. The high value of non-timber forest products...

The last drop is what makes the cup run over

  Floods hit Central Viet Nam: what can we learn? Researchers in the climate-smart village program are working with farmers to protect them and their farms from extreme weather.   By Le Thi Tam and Elisabeth Simelton  ...

Black pepper: a climate-smart solution for homegardens?

Farmers in Central Viet Nam are learning how black pepper can help their agroforests and homegardens be more resilient to climate change. Quite rarely do we enter a restaurant that doesn’t have a black-pepper grinder on the table....

Agroforests expanding across landscapes in Northwest Viet Nam

After five years, the proven benefits of agroforestry have inspired farmers to expand from plots to entire landscapes.   By Nguyen Anh Thu and Tran Ha My   A project in the harsh environment of Northwest Viet Nam,...

Viet Nam learning the importance of weather forecasts with agricultural advice

For the first time, farmers, meteorologists and government agricultural planners in Ha Tinh, Viet Nam are working together to provide locally-specific weather forecasts and accompanying agricultural advice in a bid to help farmers adapt more rapidly to changes...

Agroforestry offers sustainable alternative to worrying trend in Mekong region

A shift towards monoculture plantations and higher chemical use is of great concern to many in the Mekong region, particularly due to the impact this is having on food security and health. Farmers who have resisted monoculture cropping,...

Better weather information helps save animals during cold spells

  In February, as northern Viet Nam was hit by the coldest weather in 40 years, villagers popped by Mr Trong’s house to ask about the temperature and the diligent village leader, Mr Tham, used the locally updated...

Increasing farmers’ resilience in Central Viet Nam through agroforestry

‘What an innovative approach!’ said Mr Le Minh Loan, a farmer in Quang Binh Province, Central Viet Nam of the agroforestry systems integrating pomelo with peanut introduced in their commune. By Doan Thi Luyen, Dam Viet Bac and...

Strengthening partnerships through advanced agroforestry research in Viet Nam

A training course has helped cement relationships with key agroforestry-development organizations in Viet Nam and prepared young researchers for future growth. By Rachmat Mulia and La Nguyen ‘The training was really important because it introduced advanced agroforestry research...

Farming worms for climate-smart agriculture in Vietnam

Twenty-three farmers from My Loi village in Viet Nam were recently trained in vermiculture—raising worms on farms to produce fertilizer and improve soil. Vermicomposting will help the farmers improve one of their priority ‘climate-smart agriculture’ interventions—home gardens. Inspired...

Farmer master chefs reveal the colourful diversity of food

A cooking competition was held in Ky Son Commune, north-central Vietnam, with 27 male farmers. The competition was organized by the World Agroforestry Centre Vietnam and partners to raise awareness of climate-smart agriculture.   Gordon Ramsey had better...

Mangrove forest management: lessons from Thailand

Mangrove forest conservation and restoration needs the participation of everyone involved, particularly local communities, for success. Favourable policies and legal frameworks are fundamentally important to support local involvement.   By Nguyen Tien Hai   From 16 to 20...

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